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Short Loan policy

The Short Loan area is designed to hold items that are considered required purchases or essential reading for courses. Items in the collection should be those that are in demand and require rapid turnaround to meet student needs. Stock in Short Loan is usually for Overnight loan. Non-loan copies may be available (currently restricted to selected subject areas).

Items on reading lists will be included in the Short Loan if specifically requested by you. Stock can also be made 7-day loan in the Main Collection if more appropriate, or Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to discuss digital options.

Please send us your reading list and specify which of these loan periods you would like.

Items with multiple holds are also transferred into Short Loan, if appropriate, by liaison librarians.

What can be put into Short loan?

  • Books (maximum of two copies)
  • Photocopies of journal articles and chapters in books (including copies taken from Library stock). Copies must comply with copyright law. (Maximum of two copies)
  • Bound course packs (one copy)
  • Videos, DVDs, etc (one copy)

Library staff monitor the use of individual titles. The number of copies of a title will be increased if the current holdings in the collection cannot meet demand. It is recommended that at least one copy of a title remains on the open shelves in the Library.

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if there are any types of material not specified above which you would like to add to Short Loan.

It will take time for materials to be processed for inclusion in Short Loan. It is recommended that you give at least two weeks notice for items to be included in the collection.

Student requests

Students may ask for items to be included in or removed from Short Loan. Just Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian with details of the items concerned.